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Love the Dolphins!
My first visit to the Aquarium was in August, 2006. I thought this was a great place. The one downside is that they don't have a family rate; it cost about $55 CAD for our family of four. However, I spent the same amount in USD last summer to get into the Oregon Aquarium in Newport and I can honestly say that the Vancouver Aquarium is far superior to the one in Oregon. It was money well-spent.
You can see star fish, sea cucumbers, jelly fish, shell fish, tropical fish, butterflies, alligators, snakes, sharks, sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, beluga whales.... you name it. They have sea life from all parts of the world. It is amazing. Be sure to take the time to go into the butterfly room. It's as humid as can be, but the butterflies in there are amazing. There are also some pretty cool tropical birds flying around in this room, and a few reptiles crawling around too! Our kids were enthralled with the tree frogs.
I think our favorite part of our trip to the Aquarium was definitely the dolphin show. They have trained the dolphins to do some pretty neat tricks. It was a lot of laughs and plenty of oohs and aahs too.
The beluga whales have also been trained to put on a performance. We never had nearly as good a seat for this show and so our pictures aren't as good. It was also very enjoyable.
Both the dolphins and the beluga whales can be viewed from underwater windows, as well as from the top of the pools. You get a really great view of them from the underwater side.
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The Vancouver Aquarium is a very popular attraction set in Stanley Park. The stars of the show here have to be the cute little sea otters, with the intriguing Beluga Whale's coming a close second.
It cost me C$20 to get in, which included a $1.50 donation to sea mammal rescue and recovery.
The aquarium gets very busy and the inside displays imediately past the entrance were very hot, stuffy and loud, being packed with mums and dads with little kids. I really couldn't enjoy this area and take it all in in the narrow passage ways, so I made a bee-line for the outside displays. Even though the place was packed it was better outside.
Before you start wandering around outside, it is advisable to check out the information board that tells you when shows and feeding times are. Get to the shows early to ensure a good view.
As I've already said, the sea-otters were my favourite. They really are cute animals. The Beluga whales are an incredible sight and don't forget to go to the underwater viewing window beneath their enclosure for stunning views. It was a shame there was a noisy show taking place under there. The whole experience of sitting watching the Beluga's should have been accompanied by gentle music or underwater noises.
All in all, this is one tourist attraction that is well worth going to see and if you have kids it will be right up their alley.
On the top of my to do list, now
After a beautiful drive up from Seattle, my travel buddies decided they didn't want to do an aquarium. So, I only made it as far as the steps, and gift shop.
The reputation of this aquarium is very high, maybe one day soon I'll actually make it inside the building.
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We really enjoyed our trip here. We booked ourselves onto the 2 Trainer Tours that they offer and they were well worth the money. You get to go behind the scenes and feed the animals, in our cases the Sea Lion and the Sea Otters. They last 45 minutes and include a talk about the animals, you then go and make up the animals food, weighting out how much they have and then go out and actually feed them. With the Sea Lion you also get to do a few tricks with him which was great. We learnt a lot obout these 2 types of animal and thought it was worth the extra $60
The total cost for entrance and the tours was $78.
There are also have lots of shows on during the day, these are repeated so you don't miss out.
A good day out.
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a public aquarium that is truly a fun place to go with kids. It has become the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North America. The Aquarium was the first facility to incorporate professional naturalists into the galleries to interpret animal behaviours. Aquarium research projects extend world-wide, and are internationally recognized for marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.
For many years, the primary attraction for visitors was the orca or killer whale show. After much public pressure from those opposed to keeping whales in captivity, in 1996 the City of Vancouver passed a bylaw prohibiting the Vancouver Aquarium from capturing wild whales and dolphins. In 2001 Bjossa the killer whale left the Vancouver Aquarium, leaving the Beluga whales and single dolphin as the only remaining cetaceans. The Aquarium has since moved to emphasize the educational aspects of the displays rather than the public spectacle of the shows. They have also tried to highlight the research and rehabilitation efforts of the staff.
The aquarium currently has 166 aquatic displays. The Pacific Canada Pavilion highlights the marine life from the Strait of Georgia. Arctic Canada includes the Beluga whales tank. The Wild Coast is an outdoor habitat that includes four Pacific White-sided Dolphins, harbour seals, Steller's Sea Lions, and sea otters. Treasures of the BC Coast is a series of separate exhibits that simulate the various environments with sea life found on the BC coast. Tropical Zone has a large display of tropical fish, including sharks. Amazon rainforest a number of large fresh water fish, snakes and other creatures from the Amazon.
The Aquarium has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured marine mammals for more than forty years. The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has treated more than 2,000 seals, sea lions, elephant seals, otters, dolphins, porpoises, and whales.
Animal lovers from all over the world - UNITE!
I do not know whether the Aquarium offers the same orca show anymore. What I saw was very impressive and exiting. I have no idea what it takes to make this huge animal do what you want and when you want it. Lots of fish might help. The children around were thrilled and me with them. The final cord was the orca splashing the water in such way that half of the stadium was in water - refreshing during the summer.
The other advantage of visiting the Aquarium is the presence of belugas, so cancel your trip to the opposite end of the country, to the Gulf of St. Laurence, where they are from.
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Enjoy the Sea Life!
A visit to the Vancouver Aquarium is well worth the time/money. There is something for all ages. Take time to view the Shark Feeding, watch the Beluga Whale show, or do the 'hands on thing' at one of the outdoor tanks. Best to allow at least 3 hours to see and enjoy everything.
The Aquarium by the Sea
Located inside Stanley Park is the Vancouver aquarium. Prices run about $12 for adults. The highlights are the animals as opposed to the fish - particularly the polar bears, dolphins, and sea otters. If you hustle, you can get a glimpse of everything in just under an hour, but it is better if you can linger a little more than that. The focus of the aquarium is marine life from the west coast.
The Vancouver Aquarium is a really cool place to take young kids, but it's also quite wonderful for adults too. It's essentially divided into 4 sections:
- Assorted aquariums inside
- A tropical forest like exhibit inside
- A number of huge tanks outside
- A kids learning & play area
Seniors/ Youths (13-18)/ Students* $12.95
Children (4-12) $ 9.95
Children 3 years & under FREE
Summer: 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Winter: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
One can quickly go through in a few hours but a quality visit will take at least 4 hours, so leave yourself plenty of time to really soak-in all the exhibits.
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See my travelogues for more photos. This is the absolute must see! You will see sea otters, seals, sea lions, sharks, and the #1 attraction - beluga whales. They were born into captivity, have a very large tank, and perform shows on the hour. Seeing these unique animals is an incomparable experience.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Centre
A great place for adults and kids alike. This is the place where I saw my first killer whale and dolphins.In captivity of course,but nevertheless I enjoyed it very much. I hope to return there one day with my son..it is definitely another attraction of Vancouver's Stanley Park.
Spend a day under the ocean
Spend a whole day (half at least) at the Vancouver Aquarium. I remember going there as a kid and thinking it was the most amazing place on earth. In fact, when I grew up, I worked there for several years.
Even after all this time, I still think it's one of my all-time favourite places to visit. In the summer (high tourist season) from July until the first week in September, it's a madhouse it's so busy. Still worth going to though. Ideally, visit it off season (open 365 days a year), and have the whole place to yourself, to get lost in the steamy heat of the amazon jungle, or shiver underwater with the Belugas in Arctic Canada.
Absolutely great for kids too! There's lots of interactive things to do set up everywhere. Probably costs around $10 a person (adults) now, but worth it!!
The Vancouver Aquarium has some unique residents such as beluga whales and a dolphin. The Aquarium also had a pair of killer whales, but one died and the other one was shipped off to Sea World. The Aquarium is a good place to check out sharks and sea otters.
If you want to get a feel for the tropical rainforest, the Aquarium is as close as you will come to that environment in Vancouver. The Aquarium is a home to a rainforest gallery which includes creepy reptiles and some really pretty butterflies. When you enter this portion of the Aquarium be prepared to sweat cause the temperature and humidity matches the environment in the Amazon rainforest.
Call ahead and go behind the scenes!
The aquarium is great, but if you're interested, call ahead and arrange a behind the scenes tour. I am obsessed with the Giant Pacific Octopus, which the Vancouver Aquarium has on display. By calling ahead and arranging for a $45C tour, I was able to see many octopus not on display, interact with a smaller ocotopus and feed a Giant Pacific! The staff was fantastic-- super accomodating, and the aquarium itself is one of the best I've seen. Don't be shy about calling and asking if tours are available. Playing with an octopus was the (second) best thing about my honeymoon, and all I did was called and asked!
Vancouver Aquarium lies in Stanley Park. It is actually a combination of an aquarium and "sea world-like" entertainment (albeit on a smaller scale). The park is divided into 4 theme areas. (Arctic Canada, the BC coast, the wild coast and tropical jungle).
The main attraction here are the Beluga whales, also referred to as white dolphins. The shows with these fantastic animals are sure to attract a lot of people every time. Actually these Beluga whales alone are reason enough to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, especially since the price is rather fair (adults Can$ 16.50 including tax). We spent some 2.5-3 hours here.
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